Katie was born in Seattle, Washington, but has spent most of her life in the Midwest. She attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for her bachelor’s degree in English. She had several works published and intended to become an English teacher, but a post-college work experience at a shelter and service center for women in Washington, D.C. convinced her of the need for comprehensive, community-based mental health services. She returned to school for her master’s degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and went on to obtain a post-master’s certificate in infant, child and family mental health.
Katie’s interests center around supporting families in creating strong relationships with their babies and young children, recognizing that this first and most important relationship sets the stage for positive relationships and improved mental health throughout life. She believes that needing support some of the time is a normal part of life and is grateful to be able to provide this to others as her career. Katie’s specific interests include:
- Grief and loss
- Pregnancy loss
- Parenting challenges
- Parenting children with differences/special needs
- Parent-child relationships and attachment
- Pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety
- Stress management
- Sexual health and empowerment, including family planning
- Helping patients reach their health goals through small, attainable changes
When she’s not helping patients, Katie enjoys home improvement projects with her husband, art projects with her daughter and a variety of outdoor activities. She is an avid fiction reader and enjoys gardening, cooking and travel.
Katie is part of a cooperative program with Lifeworks Northwest. She works onsite in our offices to support the patients of Northwest Perinatal Center in addressing life issues and reaching their health goals.